Is Maurizio Sarri set to leave Chelsea after a single season?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 May 2019, 09:50

Life at Chelsea is never quiet.

Just ask the club’s current managerial incumbent Maurizio Sarri who has experienced a turbulent season in charge, but one that could ultimately still end in glory.

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Sarri’s first taste of English football was a Community Shield defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Man City, who would go on to win an unprecedented domestic treble.

Sarri then enjoyed a record-breaking start to his debut Premier League campaign, as Chelsea enjoyed a 12 match unbeaten streak, thus securing a place in the history books.

But come February the Italian’s job was dangling by the smallest of threads following crushing defeats to Bournemouth (4-0) and Man City (6-0).

Chelsea then lost another final to City (League Cup), this time on penalties, but nobody was talking about the result in the aftermath as the Kepa-refusal-to-be-substituted-saga took centre stage.

To make matters worse the club was then hit by a two-window transfer ban.

Sarri’s men rallied to pip Spurs to 3rd in the table and thus book a return to the Champions League next season. He was critical of the club’s post-season trip to America last week, which raised eyebrows, although Chelsea’s season can end on a high next Wednesday in Azerbaijan when they face London rivals Arsenal in an all-English Europa League Final.

Star man Eden Hazard continues to be hotly linked with a move to Real Madrid, and if reports are to be believed Sarri could also be set to depart Stamford Bridge.

The former Napoli boss has emerged as a major contender for the Juventus job, he’s the 9/4 favourite to take charge of AC Milan, and a 14/1 shot to replace Claudio Ranieri at Roma.

“Chelsea will not stand in the way of Maurizio Sarri if Juventus offer to pay up to £5m in compensation to take him back to Italy,” reports Matt Law from The Telegraph, and ‘Sarri is privately keen on a return to Serie A.”

Meanwhile, Rich Jones from The Mirror states that the Italian giants have already contacted Sarri, who previously came close to usurping the club in the league during his time at Napoli.

You get the feeling that should the option arise Sarri, who has one year remaining on his contract, would jump at the chance to return to his homeland especially if he can polish off the current campaign with a trophy.

Should Sarri exit, it’s a familiar face in Frank Lampard who can be backed at just 1/4 to return to his former stomping ground as manager, ahead of the soon-to-be-former Juventus boss Max Allegri at 8/1, then Wolves’ Nuno Santo at 14/1.

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